Dr. Julia Blackwood Lecture, “Rabies Persistence in Vampire Bats: Immunity, Pathogenesis and Immigration"
Tues., March 25, 2014 at 12:30 in Smith Labs 154
Vampire bats, which are native to Central and South America, have a high incidence of carrying the rabies virus neutralizing antibodies. Each year, they cause thousands of livestock deaths and a few human fatalities. To develop more effective ways of controlling the spread of bat-borne pathogens among vampire bats in Peru, mathematician and Assistant Professor at Williams College, Dr. Julie Blackwood, along with her colleagues, developed four mathematical models of rabies transmission, each representing a different hypothesis for the biology of the rabies infection in a bat colony. She will present this research at the luncheon seminar as part of the Schaeffer Family Seminar Series.
Prof. William V. Sobczak
Director, Environmental Studies